McCown's longspur

noun

Mc·​Cown's longspur
variants or less commonly McCown's bunting
mə̇ˈkau̇nz-
: a brownish gray longspur (Rhynchophanes mccowni) of central North America with black markings on head, back, and throat and predominantly white underparts

Word History

Etymology

after John P. McCown, 19th century American army officer

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“McCown's longspur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/McCown%27s%20longspur. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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